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A doctor walks into a bar...

Doctor Callie Scott kept it professional when handsome pub owner, Jake Evans, ended up in her ER. But when she sees him again at his newly opened pub, the Lucky Strike, sparks fly a second time, igniting a powerful chemistry between them.

This new relationship could be a love greater than she has ever dreamed of. However, her family does not support her, and it's harder than Callie expected to negotiate her parent's expectations. They will never approve of Jake. A pub owner does not fit into their political ambitions, and if Callie keeps seeing him, she risks losing her only family.

Her entire life has been about trying to earn her parents' respect and approval. Now she has a chance to have the love she has waited a lifetime for, and Callie finds herself facing an impossible choice.

Read the debut novels reviewers say is "Everything I want in a contemporary romance" and "An insta-love story done right."


Published May 21, 2020

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Profile Image for Evie Alexander.
Author 10 books368 followers
June 25, 2021
I loved this book for so many reasons. First up, the subverting of traditional gender norms. Usually the doctor is a man and the person serving drinks is a woman, but in Loving Callie, our heroine is the doctor and our hero runs a bar. Our couple first meet when Jake has cut himself preparing for the opening of his pub ‘The Lucky Strike’, named in honour of his grandfather who left him the money to start it. Jake gets stitched up by Callie but despite the obvious attraction between them, a hospital is no place for hookups.

Luckily Callie’s got a blind date at Jake’s bar, and when it goes wrong, Jake steps in. The second thing I adore about this story is our hero. Jake’s not a mean, bad, brooding man who can’t commit. He’s a hot hunk who’s heart is pure and beats only for Callie. He comes from a loving home and wants a family of his own in the future. Callie is everything he’s ever wanted or dreamed of, but she’s the one with cold feet.

Callie doesn’t doubt her feelings for Jake, but can she overcome her desperate need to please her parents and be who they want her to be? She’s an only child, and a pawn in the political maneuverings of her father and trophy wife mother. They want her to quit her job as a doctor in a busy hospital and settle down with a husband of their choosing; someone from the right family and the right side of the political fence. Her job is at her future husband’s side, not forging her own path in life alongside a guy who owns a bar.

Loving Callie is a contemporary romance and so you may be thinking this is an issue from a bygone era. However, this aspect of the story is the third thing I absolutely love about it. The relationship between Callie and her parents, her unhappiness and desire to please them rang so true. It’s so hard to walk away from the most important and formative relationships in your life, and this struggle is at the heart of Loving Callie.

Luckily, being a romance, all’s well that ends well, albeit not without some unexpected and heart-stopping drama. If you want a heart-warming romance with hot leads, hot sex and craft beer, then look no further than Loving Callie.
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1,508 reviews58 followers
May 15, 2020
There is nothing better than reading a book where the main character is unashamedly willing to admit his feelings for a woman - It’s just the best feeling ever. Jake is just that kind of man. The sexy bartender/entrepreneur falls hard and fast for the gorgeous doctor Callie and works hard at getting and keeping his girl. He truly is a unicorn. Callie is not used to being loved unconditionally. Having been raised by egotistical, self centered parents has left her feeling inadequate and at their mercy. Jake’s presence in her life changes that, changes her. I enjoyed watching Jake and Callie fall in love with each other and was touched by how much they truly cared for one another. If you’re looking to read a sweet and heartwarming romance then this is the book for you. TBR and enjoy. And Julia, I’m really hoping Reagan and Chase get their own book!
Profile Image for Alex ALEXATTHELAKE .
530 reviews35 followers
August 18, 2020
Julia Jarrett is a new to me author, who I have had the pleasure of getting to know and adore! I promised my real and honest opinion on this novel, and please - hear me out throughout this review.

Debut novels are obviously important to authors. Julia Jarrett clearly has what it takes to build a great foundation for a novel. While I found this novel predictable, cheesy, and a little too much, I was instantly drawn in to the overall story of Callie and Jake, eager to cheer on their relationship and breaking barriers. The foundation of the relationship, the build up, the tension and external factors were all believable and real between the two characters. Both Callie and Jake were well written, making the reader feel emotionally attached to them and their story.

I'm very eager to continue this series and see more of Jarrett's work as she progresses as an author, along with following the characters stories!
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1,644 reviews18 followers
June 27, 2020
[1.5 star] i do not hate this book because of the hero, but i fucking dislike the heroine.

so the book synopsis kind of tell you that the heroine's parents are into politics and does not approve whatever the heroine does etc. however, to actually read the book and see how the heroine acts towards her parents is fucking painful and my interest in the book totally dropped by 80%.

the heroine is like a fucking puppy (dogs are feeling insulted i think) trying please her parents so that they will love her like normal parents would. she is such a "parents pleaser" that make me wanna puke. additionally, the author NEVER fail to remind the readers in every few chapters that the heroine "is obligated to please her parents", "have this immense need to get their approval", "is hoping her parents will change their actions towards her" blah blah blah... *puke x 100* her best friend practically tells her so many times that her parents doesn't care about her but she completely doesn't want to face the facts.

honestly, this kind of heroine is the worse of the worse because she pissed me off and absolutely spoil my mood. the 1.5 star is solely awarded to the hero only. i doubt i will read another book by this author again if shitty characters is her writing style.
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Profile Image for Marnie.
1,054 reviews17 followers
May 21, 2020
Oh-so Romantic

Congratulations to debut author Julia Jarrett!!! This book is everything that I love in a contemporary romance, from the hardworking and very single heroine to a sexy hero who has absolutely no qualms in expressing his feelings and going after the girl; once he realises he’s left it to fate one too many times! I also found that Ms. Jarrett’s book also stirred in me the age old question in asking, exactly what constitutes abuse?

It comes in all guises, and in this book, our gorgeous character Doctor Callie Scott has a set of parents who are all too common the world over. Extensively wealthy, entitled and emotionally cold, all the while depriving their only child of love, and expecting her to marry a suitable candidate of their choice whose family will benefit her father’s political aspirations.

While brave enough to pursue her dream career in the medical profession, Callie just cannot quite make the final step in cutting free from her parents. Even as an independent adult, she’s still trying to seek approval. I loved the unconditional love and support from her bestie Reagan, but even with her trying to get Callie to recognise the emotional abuse from her parents, it seems old habits die hard. Ms Jarrett wrote these two beautifully.

When Mr Jake ‘Hunky Man Meat’ Evans shows up in her ER for stitches, her world view changes, and she gets to see what family ‘love’ actually looks like. Jake is a unicorn to be honest. He’s no game player and is straight up serious about his interest in Callie as she becomes in him.

It’s also about now that her parents have had enough their daughter gallivanting around putting band aids on the lower classes, taking it upon themselves to arrange a suitable and advantageous marriage in support of her father’s political aspirations, even after having met the unsuitable Evan. He’s done all that he can to show he loves her unconditionally, but he loves her enough to now step back and let her make her own decision.

This is a fantastic first book from Ms Jarrett, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next one in her Lucky Strike Lovers series. 4.5 Stars.
Profile Image for Andrea (Hammock and Read).
836 reviews17 followers
May 20, 2020
Callie is an ER doctor that gets blindsided by a beautiful man in her ER. Jake is starting his bar - Lucky Strike and can't stop thinking about the hot doctor- who to his luck walks into his bar for a date that goes wrong and they spend time all night chatting. After work Callie goes with coworkers back to Jake's bar and he will not let her leave this time without his number. They hit it off and chemistry is fire with these two. Callie has to work through her horrible and I mean horrible parents abuse before she can let Jake into her heart fully. Jake is wonderful and helps her get a cat!

For a debut this was wonderful book- fast pace, great flow with some twists, good character development, and an amazing start for a series. Can't wait for more of these and to see who is next!

Overall, 3.5 (4 stars for a debut!)

Thanks to the PR firm and author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Jennifer Pierson.
11k reviews139 followers
May 25, 2020
I absolutely devoured Loving Callie, and while it had the insta markers, it didn't take away from this amazing story like other stories can. Doctor Callie Scott comes from a wealthy family, who doesn't take her saving lives as worthy, so she put herself through college & medical school. See, her parents want her to quit, and be some man's arm candy. Now, you would think that she would write them off (they're horrible) but deep down, she still wants their approval though they have never given it to them. One night at work, a super hot guy named Jake Evans came in to get stitches, but she know that she can't flirt with patients, so he just becomes a fantasy, well, until she goes to his new pub & sees him again. Jake has been hit by cupid's arrow, but now he has to talk her into giving him a chance. They have chemistry in spades which led to super sexy times, but how will her parents take this?! And will Callie ever find happiness by writing them off?! You'll have to hit those one click buttons to find out! HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Profile Image for Wendy Livingstone.
13.8k reviews131 followers
May 25, 2020
I am amazed that this is a debut author, and my word, she is certainly one to look out for in the future! This is the first in a series and is Callie and Jake’s story. Callie is a doctor and Jake is a pub owner, and they meet by chance in the ER department. These two are from totally different backgrounds as Callie had been brought up by controlling parents, while Jake is from a loving family, and the chemistry between these two is sizzling. Can Callie accept unconditional love from Jake, or will she toe the line for her demanding parents? No spoilers: this is a definite must read, you will not be disappointed. This is a beautifully written story which had me totally captivated throughout this addictive page turner, and I cannot wait to read #2 in this wonderful series.
1,631 reviews6 followers
May 21, 2020
Wow, this book was emotional to see what Callie goes through because of her parents. I couldn't put it down once started.

I loved Jake and Callie together, they had a fast paced romance. And you could tell they loved each other.

I loved how Jake stood by her no matter what and still loved her.

Julia Jarrett did amazing job on this book.
Profile Image for Gillian Goerzen.
Author 1 book16 followers
June 7, 2020
Ok, I'm NOT a romance consumer (I'm a personal development author and reader), but the author is a friend so of course I wanted to check it out. As much as she's a friend, this is a completely UNBIASED review (and that of a total "this is going to be cheezy and not my jam SKEPTIC). I couldn't put it down! Oh my goodness. Perhaps I need to enjoy this genre more often. The characters were compelling and the plot kept me turning pages. I am looking forward to book two!
Profile Image for Christine F..
264 reviews9 followers
May 15, 2020
“Loving Callie”—Julia Jarrett [5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️] Since Julia Jarret’s debut novel “Loving Callie” will be releasing this coming week, I figured now would be a great time to share my review to tell you about this awesome book that you should definitely check out. This will be book one in the Lucky Strike Lovers series and after this book, I will be excited to read the future ones in this series. Jake Evans is the owner of the new Lucky Strikes Pub, the place he’s worked so hard to create to fulfill his dream. Jake ends up crossing paths with Doctor Callie Scott and from then on, his world just wont be the same. He’s instantly drawn to Callie’s beauty and intelligence, but she finds it hard to trust this intense chemistry they have, and he wants to prove to her that they can make this work. Callie could never live up to the expectations her parents have of her and they never seem to care about her happiness, only about plans that will suit their personal agenda. Callie knows that her parents will never accept someone like Jake and she is torn because being with him is the happiest she’s ever been. It takes a crisis at the hospital she works at to figure out what’s more important—her parent’s approval or Jake’s love. Julia did a great job with this storyline and I really enjoyed our two main characters, especially Jake who was a totally sweet book boyfriend. I highly recommend you check out this book when it comes out on May 21st 👍🏼💕
Profile Image for Christine Woinich.
2,111 reviews15 followers
May 28, 2020
This was an easy read. I enjoyed the journey these two took to their HEA. Callie had a serious issue to overcome, and I loved how her friends and Jake helped her to realize and overcome it. Jake was such a hunky sweetheart and quite willing to give Callie her space. There were some giggles with their friends and some tears as everything came together. This was a good story and I look forward to the next in the series.

I received a copy of this story through Enticing Journey Book Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.
Profile Image for Caroline O'Sullivan.
513 reviews24 followers
October 4, 2021
🍻🍺🍻 I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review 🍻🍺🍻

Loving Callie is book one out of a series of four in the Lucky Strike Lovers quartet. All of these books will be available at Amazon and also on Kindle Unlimited.

In this book we met Callie Scott who is a gorgeous ER Doctor and Jake Evan's who is a hot as sin bartender and boy they have an off the chart connection from the very first time they glanced at each other.

They met by chance in the ER department when Jake unfortunately (or was it fortunately) cut himself while doing some renovations to his new bar!! Of course Callie was in her work place so couldn't act on how she felt first seeing Jake so both of them went on with their lives thinking they would never see each other again.

Of course fate gets on their way and just when they thought they would never meet each again Callie quite literally bumped right in to Jake in a bad date gone wrong. 

Unfortunately Callie comes from a background of having parents who are entirely all about standing within a community rather than loving a child. They have controlled Callie her entire life and she is just too scared to give up on them.

Jake on the other hand was brought up in a family filled with love and adoration,  of family time and being there for each other. His family welcome Callie with open arms and fall 100%in love with her.

Will this love be enough to show Callie she deserves more from a family than what she is getting from her parents? Will she finally realize that true family doesn't always have to be blood? Can she finally break those ties and cut her parents out of her life?

I really hope so, and you need to read the book to find out.

There are a couple twists and turns along the way , this really helps Callie make her decision.

Grab this book, you will not regret it.

Julia did an awesome job of writing this book, it just flowed together beautifully. It is a really easy book to read that will grab you in from the start. 

Thanks for the book Julia, I enjoyed every page.
Profile Image for Kathy Zuercher Diveley.
1,072 reviews5 followers
September 29, 2021
Callie and Jake

Callie is an ER Dr who loves helping people. She met Jake when he cut himself remodeling his bar. They eventually started dating and fell in love. But Callie's narscasistic parents, don't feel he's good enough for her and want her to marry someone who will further her fathers' political career. She has to choose between making her parents happy, or living happily ever after.
Profile Image for Leah.
618 reviews19 followers
September 1, 2020
This is the debut novel of Julia Jarrett, and it was well written, well thought out, and well executed. I loved Callie and Jake. They met at the ER where Callie works, and Jake was instantly smitten with her. I loved the fact that both of these characters were doing exactly what they wanted. However, Jake has a loving supportive family, and Callie has pretentious, snobby, and unsupportive people that created her. They are parents biologically, but not family. The struggles in the book aren't within Callie and Jakes relationship, they are within Callie's process of dealing with the lack of support and warmth of love from her parents, and whether or not she is willing to sacrifice the minimal connection she has with them. It was endearing to see how supportive Jake is of her and her career choice when she questions him. It was amazing to see the friends around Callie rally for her, even when she has those self-doubts. The growth that Callie shows throughout the book is wonderful to read. I can't wait to read about the rest of the friend group that we have met!
Profile Image for Mand Scott.
110 reviews
December 1, 2020
How can someone so kind, gentle and giving come from such cold selfish parents..
Dr Calista Scott was working in ER. Nearing the end of a gruelling shift , she was grabbing a few minutes in the Dr's lounge when the nurse came in and said there was a "hunky piece of man meat needing some sutures ". And there was Jake. Having sliced down his arm on a piece of heating duct , while trying to finish his bar.
There was an instant attraction for both of them. But she could say anything after all he was her patient.
But fate had a thing for making things happen if that's what she had planned.
Reading how sad and uncaring Callie's parents are, and how much they she looks for their approval. The struggle that she goes through wanting a loving family.
You join in every emotion that Callie goes through. From how Jake makes her feel. To her own insecurities with Jake. And the love you see that is forming between them both. I can't wait to read the next books.
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334 reviews8 followers
February 16, 2021
Loving Callie is a must-read, it's as simple as that.
Callie and Jake's connection was palpable through the whole book and I was rooting for them through the whole book.
Pub owner Jake was sexy, smart, confident and able to express his feelings.
ER doctor, Callie has emotionally abusive parents. Her situation felt familiar, that's something I always love in books. Callie is so strong, I admired her.
At some point in the story I was yelling at Callie to get out of her head and see her HEA was right in front of her.
I really liked Callie's friend Reagan, who supported her through all and gave her a little push when needed.
Loving Callie is a fantastic debut novel, it has a good pace, beautiful character development and an amazing storyline with some twists here and there. 
I can't wait to read more by Julia Jarrett.
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243 reviews14 followers
August 8, 2020
If new authors who write fantastic flirty banter are your jam (or should I say brew), then you need to check out Julia Jarrett’s Loving Callie.

I am completely in love with the hero, Jake Evans, owner of the Lucky Strike pub who falls head over heels for Doctor Callie Scott. He openly expresses his feelings for Callie in a straight-forward and flirty way. Plus he plays ponies with his niece. Hello … swooning right there!

The author's quick pace writing style made this easy-read a pleasure.

PS Really hoping that Callie’s best friend Reagan gets her own story in this series because I love her sass!
Profile Image for Courtney.
153 reviews
January 19, 2021
This was a very sweet story between Callie, an ER doctor, and Jake, a pub owner. Callie was a frustratingly likable character and I was alternating wanting to be best friends with her and smacking her on the head for her blind loyalty to her parents. Jake was a seriously sexy and swoons character and I loved that he wasn’t ashamed about his growing feelings towards Callie. This book was different from my usual reads, at times I found it a little predictable and cheesy but no less entertaining. I’m excited to continue with the rest of the series and read about the other lovable characters! Julia Jarrett could easily be an author I go to when I’m in the mood for a specific book!
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212 reviews41 followers
January 12, 2021
I just recently discovered Julia Jarrett and I’m so glad I did! This was a quick & steamy read for me, Callie & Jake’s chemistry was magnetic and instant but it wasn’t annoying insta love for me.

Jake runs a successful bar with his best friend but Callie’s parents are snobbish asshats. Callie has spent her life trying to please them but now she’s looking to please herself and Jake Evans is just what the doctor ordered. 😍
Profile Image for Eden Rayna.
Author 10 books39 followers
January 23, 2021
A great twist on the idea of looking for love in the wrong place.

Callie is a successful doctor and a kind person. All she’s missing in life is the love of her parents. Cold and detached, they are never satisfied with any of Callie’s accomplishments and only see her as a tool for political gains. So desperate for their love and affection, she goes to great lengths to please them, including sacrificing her love life.
4 reviews
September 17, 2021
Loved this book

I love reading all kinds of romance books and this truly was a heartwarming story. I look forward to reading more!
Profile Image for Erin Knuth.
306 reviews5 followers
June 11, 2020
This book felt like receiving a warm hug while drinking a cold beer. Happy sigh. Slipping into the Lucky Strike Pub world, with its charm and loving/lovable characters, was such a joy. I looked forward to my reading time each night while I read this, and am so excited to see that the series will continue with three more books! Bring on more contemporary steamy romance at the Lucky Strike!
Profile Image for Andrea.
Author 7 books104 followers
August 23, 2020
I absolutely adored this book! Loving Callie is everything you want in a romance novel. Callie was a bad*** heroine with a big heart. Major book boyfriend material in Jake. Oh Jake. Be still my thundering heart. Steamy scenes that lit my Kindle aflame. Drama and tension. Instant chemistry. And all the swoon. I was here for it all! And I can't wait to dive into book two!
49 reviews1 follower
November 7, 2020
Sweet, sexy and satisfying romance!

This is my first read by this author, and I was not disappointed! Jake and Callie’s story will have you turning the pages well past your bedtime. If you like heroes who are devoted and sweet to their heroines, with sexy love scenes to boot, then this book is for you. I’m looking forward to reading more of Julia’s works.
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Author 10 books4 followers
January 6, 2021
Friends, family, love

Callie and Jake’s story was a fun romantic read with a touch of family drama. a good helping of what family love really looks like, and some really good examples of healthy friendships.
64 reviews
December 31, 2020
An inviting love story

Grab a glass a wine and a cozy corner with a couple of quiet hours. Callie and Jake will warm your heart. Enjoy.
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Author 8 books22 followers
June 30, 2021
It's a cute romance novel. Definitely loved the male character. He was hot and so understanding. A great book boyfriend.
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